I’m so pleased to bring you an new author from Tirgearr Publishing. Charlene Raddon writes historical romances – and we all know how hot cowboys are these days. She packs ’em in. Welcome, Charlene to Romance with SASS!
Let’s start with the quick questions to do just that!
1. What’s your biggest joy as a writer? Hearing someone say they enjoy my book.
2. What’s the craziest plot you never wrote? Probably Taming Jenna. I asked a friend for a new story idea and she told me to write about a woman who has to find a man but can only identify him by a scar on his bottom. Sounded just crazy enough to me to get my juices flowing and Taming Jenna was the result.
Gotta love friends like that! I don’t suppose you’re going to tell us how he got that scar are you…pretty please?
3. Do your characters speak to you? Yes, they do. Sometimes they write the book as much as me. Sometimes they rewrite what I’ve written, the naughty critters.
4. What inspires your stories most often? Some intriguing bit of history or character trait.
5. Tell me three things on your bucket list. See the rest of the world. Hit the NY best seller list. Clean out my basement.
6. Do you mentor other authors and if so, how? I would be glad to mentor other authors by reading their work and offering suggestions.
7. If you could live someplace else, where would it be and why? Oregon. I just love that state, the ocean side, of course. I’ve spent a lot of time there and some of my best memories are of those trips. Besides, the state is gorgeous.
8. Tell us something unexpected about yourself. I don’t know how unexpected it would be, but I’m consistently doubting myself, my abilities, my goals.
9. Pooches or kitties? Cats, all the way. Love ‘em. I think each of my books except one has a cat in it.
Ahchoo! I’m allergic to cats! I’m with you on the natural beauty of Oregon. My husband and I have talked about retiring there. Now, on to the book!
Deserted by her father at the tender age of seven, Jenna Leigh-Whittington had taught herself to ride, shoot, brawl…and steer clear of the opposite sex. But now, in a lonely Utah canyon, the Pinkerton agent has drawn her gun on a rugged stranger—only to discover that, far from the dangerous outlaw she’d been tracking, he is Branch McCauley, hired gun…and the most irresistible rascal ever to tempt and torment a woman!
THE RIGHT WOMAN
If there’s one thing McCauley trusts less than a female, it’s a female who packs a six-gun. But what a woman! Vowing to bring the sensuous hellcat to heel, McCauley has no inkling that their passionate battle of wills has just begun. Taming Jenna will be the most seductive—and satisfying—job he’s ever taken on.
Wow, sounds like a challenge most men would die for. How about an excerpt?
TAMING JENNA EXCERPT
Jenna scowled as she studied the man by the flickering glare of his campfire. He had the right build and appeared close to thirty, Mendoza’s age. But something didn’t fit.
The Denver police chief had described her quarry as a spoiled aristocrat, too busy wooing Lady Luck and every other female to be much of a train robber, let alone a killer. But the rogue in front of Jenna looked too lean and hard to be spoiled, too wary and aloof to be a ladies’ man.
To Jenna he seemed the perfect gunslinger: cold, tough, and ready to spring. Like a big yellow cougar perched on a ledge. Or a rattler, tightly coiled. Either way, his bite would be deadly.
In spite of the cool night breeze, sweat oozed from her pores. She couldn’t forget that lightning draw. Why had she come here? How had she expected to take an outlaw Pinkerton’s other agents had failed to bring in? No, she refused to think that way. She was every bit as capable as any man to capture Mendoza. She had to believe that, the same way she had to do what she’d set out to do. Only one question remained: Was this Mendoza or not?
“Who are you, mister?”
“Who am I? Hell, who are you? “
Blast! Did no male exist in this empty wilderness who wasn’t so taken with himself that he couldn’t cooperate for a change?
She took a calming breath. A body could catch more flies with honey than vinegar, old Charley Long Bow used to say. Jenna figured flies might fancy the hairy creature facing her, so she decided to try being friendly. “Listen, I smelled your coffee and hoped you might spare a cup, is all. You can understand me being a mite leery of walking into a stranger’s camp without knowing who I’m hooking up with.”
Firelight glinted on the man’s straight white teeth as his whiskers parted in a cold smile. “Don’t recall inviting company, but I’ll play your game. Name’s Branch McCauley. Now it’s your turn.”
His smile unnerved her. It held no humor, only a lethal sort of grimness that cannoned her stomach into her throat and made her wish she’d wired William Pinkerton for instructions instead of going off half-cocked this way. “I’m Jim…Jim White,” she lied.
“All right, Jim, how about some honesty? You come here looking for me?”
“I’m not looking for anyone named Branch McCauley. If that’s who you are, you’ve nothing to worry about.”
The wide, innocent eyes McCauley studied held honesty. He relaxed. “In that case…be glad to pour you some coffee.” He reached for the battered graniteware pot. His visitor’s next words froze him in a half-stoop: “I’d feel more welcome if you’d set aside your gun first.”
Cool as Montana sleet, McCauley straightened, hand poised above his holster. “Reckon you would. Wouldn’t do much for my sense of well-being, though.”
So much for trying to be friendly, Jenna thought. What now? She clenched her knees together to still their shaking and swallowed the fear knotted in her throat.
“Look.” McCauley shifted his weight to one leg. “Why don’t you put your gun away and have a sit? Could be I might know something about the hombre you’re hunting.
Hombre. Sounded Spanish. Like Mendoza. It must be him. She had to get his gun away from him. Surprise seemed the best means. She squeezed the trigger of the .44 Starr. The bullet kicked dirt onto the man’s scuffed boots. He jumped and let out a yelp as though she’d set his feet afire.
“Dammit, kid, going up against me won’t get you anything but a six-foot hole in the ground.”
“Shut up and toss over your gun or I’ll turn them boots into sieves. ‘Course, my sights might be a bit off.” She raised the muzzle toward his groin.
“You made your point,” he growled as he unbuckled his gun belt and tossed it over.
Instead of the fancy weapon she had expected a gunslinger to own, an ordinary, six-gun lay at her feet. No ivory handle or engraved barrel. Only an ordinary .44 Peacemaker, crafted and worn for one reason—to kill. The thought did funny things to her innards.
“All right,” she said, getting back to business. “You aren’t going to like this, mister, but I don’t know any other way to be sure who you are. Drop them trousers to your ankles.”
What? You quit there? I’ve got to have the rest! Get Taming Jenna right now by clicking here.
I’m glad you could stop by with your wonderful book, Charlene. Readers can find out more about your work on Charlene’s website.